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Full text of "Alexander von Humboldt"

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CHAPTER VII.
JOURNEY TO ITALY WITH THIS KINTQ OF P&TTHHrA—• AHOKK1! OV MOUNT
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WHILE Alexander von Hxnnboldt was living a quiet
and studious life in Berlin, the coiirso of his brother
William "was a more animated and a more public one.
On the 12th August, 1819, he was appointed Minister
of the Interior with Von Sclmckmamij but on the)
31st December, he, with the Chancellor von Beyno,
retired from 'the ministry into private life, in conse-
quence of their opposition to Prince Wittgenstein and
the Lord Chancellor Hardenberg. After this, William
also devoted himself eiftirely to science and art, and
his house—the first story in the house of Councillor
Bush—was the meeting-place of the best society, in-
cluding princes, ministers, scientific men, and distin-
guished women, such as Rahel, Beltina ^on Arnim,
Charlotte von Kalb, Countess Schlabrciidorf, &c* But
he missed his brother Alexander in this brilliant circle
of science and art, and it was his dearest wish that
Alexander should change his residence in Paris for
one in Berlin. But Alexander found all the intel-
lectual resources he required in the great capital, and
no other town was able to afford thorn. He wan,
besides, in constant personal intercourse with his scion-